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Lady Bulldogs catch a break, beat Chaffee

Tuesday, January 21, 2003

Chaffee's Jennifer Vandeven, right, knocks the ball away from Sikeston's Alison Blurton in Monday's game
(Photo by David Jenkins, Staff)
SIKESTON -- Sikeston's girls basketball team improved to 7-6 on the season Monday night, throttling Chaffee 63-37.

The Lady Bulldogs played the entire first half without two of their better players, but were still able take an 11-4 advantage. Chaffee battled back in the second quarter, shaving Sikeston's lead down to 15-14 at halftime.

Sikeston blew the game wide open in the third quarter, rolling to the 26-point victory.

"We needed some relief," said Sikeston head coach Lee Brooks. "You have to sit back, take a deep breath and say 'Boy, we needed that.' I thought the kids had fun tonight."

Jennifer Medlin led the charge for the Lady Bulldogs, hitting four 3-pointers with 20 points overall. Mia Welch also had a big night, finishing with 14.

"Mia was anxious to play," said Brooks. "She did a lot of things right tonight and I think it made a difference."

Jennifer Vandeven led the Lady Red Devils with 19 points.

Sikeston (7-6) will travel to Poplar Bluff on Thursday, then will travel to Dexter on Friday for a makeup game.

"From here on out, nothing is easy," said Brooks.

BENTON -- Kelly's girls basketball team won its 10th game of the season on Monday night, beating Scott City, 55-45.

Dana Essner had a big night, finishing with 16 points. Christy Kluesner contributed 10 in the win.

"The girls came out and played very well," said Kelly head coach Rod McQuerter. "Scott City also played a good game. We were just very happy to get a victory tonight."

The Lady Hawks jumped out to a 16-11 lead in the first quarter, then increased their lead to 31-19 at halftime. Scott City outscored Kelly 26-24 in the second half, but it wasn't enough.

Rachel Spinks and Jenny Pinkston each scored 10 in the loss. Kelly (10-4) will play in the finals of the Scott-Miss Conference Tournament on Wednesday night.

NEW MADRID -- Dexter's girls team ran its record to 12-2 on Monday night, cruising past New Madrid County Central, 59-25.

The Lady Bearcats jumped out to a 17-5 lead in the first quarter and never looked back, outscoring NMCC 18-6 in the second quarter, 16-6 in the third, then both teams scored eight in the fourth.

"It has been a week since we played, so it was good to get in the gym again and get everybody in the game," said Dexter head coach Gavin Miller. "Our subs played more than our starters did. We got up early and cruised from there."

Rachel Blunt led the Lady Bearcats with 12 points. Hannah Burleson added 10. For NMCC, Shanika McFarland led the way with nine points.

Dexter (12-2) will travel to Malden on Thursday, then will host Sikeston on Friday in a makeup game.